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Re: Stranded

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:35 pm



hope you didn't get hurt, the bike can be fixed or replaced, but your life is more important then any motorcycle could ever be, besides, his insurance would of had to pay for any damages.

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Re: Stranded

Post by Mag » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:50 pm

We were lucky, did not break anything, but that is where we learned about the vapor lock issue. We were off and running the next day. Scared me sliding more than anything else off the back of the tow truck. Only time stranded.

That being said, not bad after 30+ years of riding.....(knock on wood)

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Re: Stranded

Post by themainviking » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:30 pm

This is absolute proof that I am getting old (or at least older). I have had bikes attempt to strand me four times. All four times I was far from home.

The first time I was living in New Mexico, and was riding through Colorado, Utah and Nevada to get to Hanford California for The MMA June get together. Riding the ups and downs of the million dollar highway stretched the primary chain and lunched out my clutch, so I lumpety lumped into Grand Junction where I was lucky enough to get a primary chain. That got me to Hanford, where they had a big vendor presence, where I got some Kevlar clutch plates, and fixed the bike up right.

The second time was a cracked coil, in New Mexico, different bike than above, when I was back for a visit in 1991, after moving back to Ontario, Canada, and I pushed the bike, about three miles back to the closest town , Lemitar, and worked from there to get a coil sent from Albuquerque, to fix it.

The third time was the start button on the handlebars, same bike as number two, in Montana, in May, 1994, so I crossed the solenoid with a screwdriver till I got to a dealership in Lethbridge, Alberta, where I could buy a new button assembly. I kept thinking cops and border guards were gonna take exception to my curious method of starting the motorcycle.

The fourth was a blowout, rear tire, in North Dakota, return trip same bike as number two and three, and a kindly farmer helped me get the bike into his pickup and drove me to the dealership in Minot, in the late afternoon on July 1st, 1994 (a Friday). That one was a real stroke of luck, as they were trying to close down for the Independence Day long weekend. That was the closest call to actually being stranded for a bit of time.

Being able to repair these things has saved me a lot of stress, money and time over some period of years. Buying the Goldwing GL1800 has meant that I no longer need to rely on these skills so much, LMAO again and again.
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Re: Stranded

Post by littlebeaver » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:52 pm

Some seriously good reads so far....I figure there are lots of you guys with stories to tell.... Thanks for sharing...

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Re: Stranded

Post by alwims » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:08 am

Yes I have, just this last Nov. 1st 2014.
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Re: Stranded

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:53 am

Mag wrote:We were lucky, did not break anything, but that is where we learned about the vapor lock issue. We were off and running the next day. Scared me sliding more than anything else off the back of the tow truck. Only time stranded.

That being said, not bad after 30+ years of riding.....(knock on wood)

yeah, you are very lucky. glad to hear you didnt drop the bike especually on top of ya.

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Re: Stranded

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:57 am

themainviking wrote:This is absolute proof that I am getting old (or at least older). I have had bikes attempt to strand me four times. All four times I was far from home.

The first time I was living in New Mexico, and was riding through Colorado, Utah and Nevada to get to Hanford California for The MMA June get together. Riding the ups and downs of the million dollar highway stretched the primary chain and lunched out my clutch, so I lumpety lumped into Grand Junction where I was lucky enough to get a primary chain. That got me to Hanford, where they had a big vendor presence, where I got some Kevlar clutch plates, and fixed the bike up right.

The second time was a cracked coil, in New Mexico, different bike than above, when I was back for a visit in 1991, after moving back to Ontario, Canada, and I pushed the bike, about three miles back to the closest town , Lemitar, and worked from there to get a coil sent from Albuquerque, to fix it.

The third time was the start button on the handlebars, same bike as number two, in Montana, in May, 1994, so I crossed the solenoid with a screwdriver till I got to a dealership in Lethbridge, Alberta, where I could buy a new button assembly. I kept thinking cops and border guards were gonna take exception to my curious method of starting the motorcycle.

The fourth was a blowout, rear tire, in North Dakota, return trip same bike as number two and three, and a kindly farmer helped me get the bike into his pickup and drove me to the dealership in Minot, in the late afternoon on July 1st, 1994 (a Friday). That one was a real stroke of luck, as they were trying to close down for the Independence Day long weekend. That was the closest call to actually being stranded for a bit of time.

Being able to repair these things has saved me a lot of stress, money and time over some period of years. Buying the Goldwing GL1800 has meant that I no longer need to rely on these skills so much, LMAO again and again.
viking, you too were lucky with all those break downs to get them fixed in a timely manor. i would have been pulling my hair out by that time.

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Re: Stranded

Post by themainviking » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:17 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:viking, you too were lucky with all those break downs to get them fixed in a timely manor. i would have been pulling my hair out by that time.

stuart.
I was quite a bit younger, and far more convinced that I was invincible and immortal. Things like that didn't bother me back then. I did not even have AAA or CAA or Rescue Plus back then. Wow, world, look at me now..... :lol: :lol: :lol: I am wallet full of cards for rescue services.
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Re: Stranded

Post by littlebeaver » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:21 am

what in good gurdy are you two fools doing up this freakin early on sunday morning..Wow are ya farmers or what..lol Oh wait,, your a hour ahead,, it's still early...lol

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Re: Stranded

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:23 am

littlebeaver wrote:what in good gurdy are you two fools doing up this freakin early on sunday morning..Wow are ya farmers or what..lol
LOL, l b, this is my "normal" time to be awake. even after being retired for the past 20 years, i still wake at this time. i guess my "internal clock" must be broken.

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Re: Stranded

Post by littlebeaver » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:25 am

I guess Viking went to work...lol

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Re: Stranded

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:28 am

littlebeaver wrote:I guess Viking went to work...lol
work? what's that? lol. "I DONT WANNA WORK, I WANNA BANG ON THE DRUM ALL DAY" :lol: and here's another one......"TIME TIME TIME IS ON MY SIDE, YES IT IS" 8-).

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Re: Stranded

Post by harvey01 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:41 pm

TheMaineViking,

You have done well in the moments of extreme difficulty. I also stopped at the Yamaha/Honda dealer in Minot, ND with a rapidly failing electrical system on a 93 Venture. Unfortunately they did have the parts on hand to fix my Venture but they did have a nice, new Gold Wing available so I traded up on the spot and continued my journey to Alberta.
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Re: Stranded

Post by Fiberthree » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:45 pm

My 1100's front tire valve rotted out. I was on my way home from work doing about 70mph in the car pool lane when I noticed the steering was a little funny. I managed to get stopped and fortunately traffic behind me slowed to allow me to get to the right side of the freeway.I was about 12 miles from home and ended up taking surface streets all the way back. I only had two motorists point out that my tire was flat. (geniuses) My 1500 was one of those with the iffy alternator that chose to dump on my way to work. I coasted to the shoulder right in front of a call box and twenty minutes later a flat bed pulled up and back home I went. This driver must have had some experience with motorcycles because when we off loaded my Wing it was with out incident. We had the bike at the back end of the bed with me on it as he first extended and then tilted the bed. I was on the brakes and able to control it as it rolled off. The only damage was some scuffing on the handlebar covers from the straps holding the bike because neither of us knew where the anchor points were on the Goldwing.
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Re: Stranded

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:11 pm

I was stranded once on my GSX-R750. It had a three-position petcock, as I recall: Pri, Res, and On. It had a vacuum operated fuel valve as well. It also had no fuel gauge, so I had to guess by the trip odometer. I had no manual, so I figured Pri was primary, Res was reserve, and On...well who know what that meant? I ran it in Pri(mary) all the time.

Late for an appointment one day, I passed by a gas station at the point where I would have normally filled up. 15 miles later, in the middle of countryside, it started to sputter. I quickly reached down and switched it to Reserve. To no avail, as I reached the bottom of a large valley (of course), the bike sputtered to a halt. I coasted to the shoulder.

Opening the gas tank, I was appalled to find that the tank was bone dry. No reserve! I ended up having to push that bike up the other side of the large valley, which was about a mile, and about another two miles into town where I found a gas station.

It turns out PRI was not Primary, it was PRIME - used for priming the carbs after the bike had run out of gas or been taken out of storage. And as luck would have it, the prime position drew gas from the reserve sump. So when you run out of gas in Prime, you are REALLY out of gas.

I didn't do that again. :)

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:07 pm

this last ride back from Florida with my g/w, I was about 10-12 miles from home when I ran out of gas at 1 in the morning out on the interstate. it happened because I had no lights on my LCD dash so I couldn't see my fuel gauge, I didn't know I was almost out of gas. what made it worse was when I filled up prior to running out of gas, I forgot to move the fuel petcock valve from reserve to main. not realizing I was out of fuel thinking that the plug wires got wet from the rain, I was trying to start the bike back up and killed the battery too. so, there I was stuck on the side of the road trying to call my wife and my best friend to come out to where I was with a can of gas and battery jumper cables. well, needless to say they finally showed up at around 3am. I put the fuel in the tank, jump started the bike and make it home. im sure you know that I soon replaced all the LCD dash bulbs so it will never happen again.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Post by littlebeaver » Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:39 pm

Virgil, I just want to apologize as I didn't realize there was a Stranded post already.....shoot I may have even posted on it,,,, LOL and Viking and Stuart, sorry about called you guys fools,,, some people get up early ,,, even on Sundays..... Oh and farmers too.. :lol: I'll be careful of that...I'll be good... :shock: :lol: :lol: I'm constantly in the principals Office.....anyone else would have been disqualified by now.... I'm walking a very thin line... :shock: I got stranded once due to the main fuse blowing out, and one other time when the clutch cable broke but I got home very slowly going the back roads and running many stop signs and red lights
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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:44 pm

ok, lets erase these posts and start over lol.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Post by CMReynolds1 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:17 pm

Neither my 82 nor my 13 have. But my 90 Harley did!
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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:25 pm

hey littlebeaver, I had that happen with my silverwing, main fuse went out while I was riding down the road, and I had 2 clutch cables break, and no, its not any fun starting a bike in gear at a stop sign or at a red light. shifting wasn't a problem once it got going. even downshifting was pretty easy. it was the stopping and starting that was a b***h.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:42 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Virgil, I just want to apologize as I didn't realize there was a Stranded post already.....shoot I may have even posted on it,,,, LOL and Viking and Stuart, sorry about called you guys fools,,, some people get up early ,,, even on Sundays..... Oh and farmers too.. :lol: I'll be careful of that...I'll be good... :shock: :lol: :lol: I'm constantly in the principals Office.....anyone else would have been disqualified by now.... I'm walking a very thin line... :shock: I got stranded once due to the main fuse blowing out, and one other time when the clutch cable broke but I got home very slowly going the back roads and running many stop signs and red lights
that's ok littlebeaver, no offence taken. and with that being said, im signing off for the night. take care people. asta MonYana.

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Re: Stranded

Post by dtrider » Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:03 am

WingAdmin wrote:I was stranded once on my GSX-R750. It had a three-position petcock, as I recall: Pri, Res, and On. It had a vacuum operated fuel valve as well. It also had no fuel gauge, so I had to guess by the trip odometer. I had no manual, so I figured Pri was primary, Res was reserve, and On...well who know what that meant? I ran it in Pri(mary) all the time.
My son's '78 Yamaha 650 has a petcock like that, and I ran into the same confusion. On his bike though with the tank above the engine it turns out that if you leave it in Pri(me), the gas WILL flow into the carb, even with the engine off. I dumped almost a full tank of gas onto the garage floor before I figured that out.
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Re: Stranded

Post by themainviking » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:37 pm

harvey01 wrote:TheMainViking,

You have done well in the moments of extreme difficulty. I also stopped at the Yamaha/Honda dealer in Minot, ND with a rapidly failing electrical system on a 93 Venture. Unfortunately they did have the parts on hand to fix my Venture but they did have a nice, new Gold Wing available so I traded up on the spot and continued my journey to Alberta.
Whoops... It was not the Yamaha/Honda dealer in Minot that helped me out. I hate to say it here, but it was the Harley Davidson Dealership, back when they were into helping and not just sucking your money out of you. Gotta give credit where credit is due. And that brings up a point. Now that WingAdmin has joined the "Has your Wing ever left you stranded" and "Stranded", I do have to say that, no, my wing has never left me stranded... It was a Harley that I had about rode to death that did that. Now the threads have been joined, I feel sort of out of place posting in it.

As to doing well in difficult situations, I was still fairly youthful back then, mid forties, and only a few years out of the army. There was not much that could get me down in those days. Riding the U.S. and Canada was like paradise compared to some of the places the army sent me, so it was all good times. Them Caissons keep rolling along.... :lol:
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Re: Stranded

Post by themainviking » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:39 pm

littlebeaver wrote:I guess Viking went to work...lol
Work be a four letter word, my friend. I have been in full time retirement for a good while. After the army, I have never been even tempted to take a job, :lol: :twisted:
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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Post by moabmc » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:54 am

A couple of years ago, my 2004 GL1800 and I parted ways about 200 miles from home. I was following a friend on his K bike heading to Denver when he was involved in an accident near Steamboat Springs. His bike was totaled and he ended up in the hospital. Once he was released we called home for a rescue for his bike and got a motel. The next day I was going to follow the rescue truck home with my Goldwing. Checking out my bike I find I have a few drops of oil on my rear tire. I check my final drive oil and it is slightly low, so I purchase some gear oil just in case for the ride home. We stopped in Rifle, CO and I find I have much more oil on my rear wheel. So I proceed to check and fill my final drive. I have put about half the bottle in when I see the final drive isn't getting full. Looking on the other side I see a stream of oil running out of the drive down the hill. dang! So I had to leave my bike in Rifle and rode the rest of the way home in the rescue truck. A trip I won't forget anytime soon. The only good news of this trip was that I found on eBay the final drive replacement at a very good price. Thanks to the Trike conversion shops there are plenty of these to be had, so I bought two.



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